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May 1, 2014

While much of Peru (and Goshen slept), the 18 students comprising the Goshen College Peru Study-Service Term unit for Spring 2014 said goodbye to family members and friends and began their journey to Lima, Peru on Wednesday, April 30. There were smiles of excitement but also tears as a crowd gathered in the Union building to bid farewell to students headed to both Peru and Nicaragua. Goshen College Director of International Education Tom Meyers said the crowd was large, considering that it was 4 a.m., and that all were in good spirits. Best of all, the bus departed on time,…

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April 29, 2014

The 15 students who made up the Peru Study-Service Term unit for Spring 2014 came from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio and Oregon. Their majors included accounting, biology, business, education, environmental science, history, mathematics and social work. The students left for SST on Jan. 8, during what turned out to be Goshen’s snowiest winter in recorded history. They arrived back on campus April 7, just in time for more snow. In Peru, however, the students arrived in coastal Lima amidst a hot summer and left just as the clouds and fog were becoming more frequent visitors, signaling the arrival of…

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April 8, 2014

What joy! Home again at last!

Members of Goshen College’s Peru Study-Service Term unit for Spring 2014 arrived back in the United States on Monday. One student, Malaina, left the group in Houston, Texas – the group’s point of entry to the United States – and traveled on to join her parents visiting Florida. Two other students, April and Derek, left the group in Chicago. The remaining 12 students arrived in Goshen Monday evening – 24 hours after starting their journey home in Lima. Students enjoyed a joyous welcome from family members and friends. Aimee, Caleb, Dean, Gina, Gretchen, Jackson, Jake, Jonathan, Maria, Natalie, Neal and Thomas…

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April 8, 2014

Retreat: Surf and turf fun

During their concluding retreat, Goshen College students in the Peru Study-Service-Term program were tasked with reflecting on the past three months. They discussed the highlights and challenges of service, presented their final academic projects and pondered what it might be like to return to the United States. They also played, enjoyed each other’s company and rested. Our gathering was held at a Christian retreat center called Kawai, which is located on the beach about a 90-minute drive south of Lima. Facilities at Kawai consist of a large collection of spacious buildings amid well-landscaped grounds, just a few hundred yards from…

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April 8, 2014

After nearly three months of study and service in Peru, Goshen College students had a final opportunity for focused reflection on their experiences and on the joys and potential challenges of returning to the United States. Our concluding gathering was held at a Christian retreat center called Kawai, located on the beach about a 90-minute drive south of Lima. The retreat center consists of a large collection of spacious buildings amid well-landscaped grounds, just a few hundred yards from the Pacific Ocean. It has wide lawns, a nice swimming pool and a broad beach, perfect for long walks and contemplation….

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April 7, 2014

Goshen College students returned to Lima from our concluding retreat at the beach on Sunday afternoon and arrived back at Casa Goshen for three hours of final preparations. They discarded unwanted items, repacked their belongings –and made sure their suitcases weighed less than 50 pounds. They then had final precious moments to relax and prepare for their overnight flight to the United States. First, though, they had a delicious Peruvian meal of aji de gallina – shredded chicken in a mild chili sauce over rice and potatoes and a fresh juice blend of mango and passion fruit prepared by Alicia…

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April 7, 2014

After spending a full day visiting with friends, dropping by the homes of their Lima host families and shopping, Goshen College students spent the night at Miraflores House, a hostel. The students – who had taken overnight buses from their service assignments – said they had a wonderful night of sleep in comfortable beds and especially enjoyed hot showers, in some cases for the first time in six weeks. They next morning, after a hearty breakfast of tamales, they made their way to the Anglican Cathedral of the Good Shepherd (Buen Pastor) for some final academic work. First up: a…

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April 4, 2014

Our 15 Goshen College students returned safety to Lima Thursday morning from Chancay, Ayacucho, Tarma, San Ramon, La Merced and San Miguel. They were a sight for sore eyes and we (Peru SST Co-Directors Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver) were thrilled to see them! And as pleased as they may have been to see us, they were ecstatic to see each other. It had been almost six long weeks since they were together. Our spring group of students bonded unusually well from the moment they arrived in Peru, on Jan. 8. Aimee, April, Caleb, Dean, Derek, Gina, Gretchen, Jackson,…

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March 31, 2014

Goshen College students enrolled in the Peru SST program struggle to adjust to new (host) families, the Spanish language, a new country and a very different culture. Service can be an even bigger adjustment because students leave the comfort of modern Lima and head out to the country, often with just one or two other students and away from the security of a group of Goshen students who have become close and supportive friends. Dean and Derek faced those same adjustments, but moved even further out of their comfort zones by accepting a remote service assignment in a tiny settlement and…

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March 31, 2014

Neal and Jackson are living just outside the town of La Merced in the Junín province of Peru. La Merced, which has about 50,000 residents, is the provincial capital of the Chanchamayo region and is blessed with warm weather, abundant rainfall, lush vegetation, waterfalls and excellent agricultural production. On the eight-hour bus ride from Lima, one passes through Peru’s three distinct regions – coast, mountains and jungle. La Merced is considered part of the central rain forest and is located on the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains, about 2,000 feet above sea level. Neal and Jackson are serving in…

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